Weekly teach-ins go beyond the headlines

December 11, 2009

Teach-ins, a signature of university life in the 1960s, are alive and well at Temple through popular weekly discussions led by history professor Ralph Young, himself a child of that era.

On a recent Friday afternoon, the promise of a highly charged debate over intelligent design vs. evolution brought more than 275 students and faculty to a discussion with the Honorable Judge John Jones, the federal judge who ruled that teaching intelligent design in public high school went against the First Amendment separation of church and state in the 2005 case Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.

The topic was especially timely as the world marks the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his “Origin of the Species.” Almost a century ago, in 1925, many believed that the famous Scopes Trial would settle the issue about teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution but, as Jones explained, controversy has raged ever since.

For more on Temple Teach-Ins visit the Temple Newsroom.

Eryn Jelesiewicz

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